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Wednesday
Jul282010

Jewel of the Desert

I am sitting pretty in Phoenix this week, if I must say so myself.  While it is hot out here at 105 - 108 degrees farenheit, I have nary a sweat droplet on my forehead.  The heat here is a dry heat - not thick and wet as it is at home such that you get a wet slick to your skin just walking to your car in the afternoon.  However, the car service driver this morning was really complaining about the heat and humidity.  I sat in the back seat and just rolled my eyes.  He really needs to take a US Air flight with a final destination to Charlotte, NC so that he can learn what humidity is all about!!

I'm staying at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa.  If I must be in Phoenix during the summer, I must at least stay in style.  Right?!?!  This resort was designed by two architects - one being none other than Frank Lloyd Wright.  And it was given the nickname, very long ago, the Jewel of the Desert.  It really is very pretty.  Great views of ragged mountains that are just right behind the resort, water fountains scattered thru-out the property playing pretty little water music; trees and flowers that are forced to grow in the desert heat by very talented grounds-keepers, and desert-aztec styled statues standing straight and tall.  And the resort is reminiscent of a quainter way of life - one that is more quiet and slower than today's pace.  Each morning and evening I have quite a little hike from my building to the main building but it gives me time to gather my thoughts and enjoy the surroundings (and I also consider this my daily exercise :) ).   I cannot complain about my accommadations either - thanks to my ever-growing Hilton Honors rewards level and automatic upgrades.  My hotel room is probably two and a half times larger than my bedroom at home and the bathroom is even larger than my bedroom (and it includes a NICE dressing area and table)!  I just sort of lazily walk around the vast emptiness of the rooms in my jet-lagged state just prior to falling comatose on the nice soft upgraded bed.

Based on a history of the resort, Clark Gable and Carole Lombard spent their honeymoon there.  JFK and Jackie also spent time there.  I get a kick out of the fact that I'm roaming the same floors as Mr. Rhett Butler.  But for the Kennedys - well.... Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn.